Theme Support

Author comes with this handy help file to help you get started with setting up the theme and creating your first posts. Because Author is part of our Free Theme Pack, it does not include theme support.

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Getting Started

Once you’ve activated your theme, you’ll be redirected to a Getting Started page (Appearance → Getting Started). Here, you can view the help file, enter your license for theme updates, and view the latest changes to the theme.

Activate Your Theme License
By activating your theme license, you can get theme updates right from your WordPress dashboard. These updates will keep your theme in tip-top shape, with the latest bug fixes and new features.

  • Locate your theme’s license key in your Array Dashboard. Click the Manage License link next to any of your themes to get your license key.
  • Next, in your WordPress dashboard (where your theme is installed), go to Appearance → Getting Started and paste your license key into license box in the sidebar and click Save License Key.
  • Once your license key is saved, click Activate License.
  • If your key is valid, you will see a success message. You will now receive a notice on Appearance → Themes whenever there is a new version of the theme available.
  • Please note: When updating your theme, all of the theme’s files will be overwritten with the latest files. This will overwrite any changes you’ve made to the core theme files. To prevent this, you can install a child theme, which allows you to customize the theme’s files and still get updates when they are released.

Author uses a few plugins to provide functionality to the theme.

Array Toolkit – This plugin provides the Portfolio section (via a custom post type) and several social media widgets and icons. You can install it directly from your dashboard in the Plugins menu, or grab it from the WordPress.org plugin repository.

  • Navigate to Plugins → Add New.
  • Type “Array Toolkit” into the Search input and click the “Search Widgets” button.
  • Locate the Array Toolkit in the list of search results and click “Install Now”.
  • Click the “Activate Plugin” link at the bottom of the install screen.
  • Once activated, your theme’s supported features will be enabled automatically.

WPForms – This plugin creates a fully functional contact form for your site. You can install it directly from your dashboard in the Plugins menu, or grab it from the WordPress.org plugin repository.

  • Navigate to Plugins → Add New.
  • Type “WPForms” into the Search input and click the “Search Plugins” button.
  • Locate WPForms Lite in the list of search results and click “Install Now”.
  • Click the “Activate Plugin” link at the bottom of the install screen.
  • There will now be a WPForms menu item on the WordPress admin menu. See below for more instructions on using this plugin with the theme.

Author Theme Options

Upon activating your theme, you should visit Appearance → Customize → Theme Options to setup the basic theme settings such as your logo, accent color and more. Detailed instructions and tips can be found below.

  • Add Your Logo – The first option in the Theme Options menu will be Logo Upload. Click the Logo select box to select an image from your computer. One you’ve uploaded and selected an image, a thumbnail preview will display and your logo will update live in the browser.
  • Accent and Link Color – You can change the blue accent/link color on the site to any color prefer. Simply click Select Color and use the color picker or color palette to choose a new color. You will see the color update on your site live in the preview window.
  • Homepage Excerpt Slider – You can choose to enable or disable the homepage excerpt slider, which can be seen on the demo’s homepage. This slider simply rotates titles and excerpts from sticky posts. More information on the slider below.
  • Custom CSS – You can add custom CSS to this box and it will be applied to your site. This is meant for very minor CSS adjustments. If you plan on making extensive CSS modifications, you should do so in a child theme so you can still update your theme later on.

Homepage Excerpt Slider

The homepage excerpt slider takes posts marked as Sticky and displays them in a slider at the top of your homepage. This is good for showing off featured posts.

  • Enable the Slider – Make sure you have the slider enabled in Appearance → Customize → Theme Options.
  • Make Posts Sticky – To populate the slider with posts, you need to mark some posts as Sticky. On the post edit screen, you’ll see the Publish box. Next to Visibility, click Edit. Under the Public option, you’ll see the option to Stick this post to the front page. Check this box to make the post sticky. Any post you mark as sticky will show up in the homepage excerpt slider.
  • Edit Your Excerpt – Control the amount of text that shows up in the excerpt by manually adding an excerpt in the Excerpt box. This is a good size excerpt, for example.

Author comes with 4 menu locations that you can utilize for menus.

  • Main Menu – This is the main menu in the header of your theme. You can assign this to the header by checking the appropriate theme location under the menu.
  • Secondary Menu – This is the secondary menu in the header of your theme. This can be used as a category menu, or whatever kind of menu you’d like. You can assign this menu by checking the appropriate theme location under the menu.
  • Footer Menu – This is the footer menu in the footer of your theme. You can assign this menu by checking the appropriate theme location under the menu.
  • Custom Menu – This is a custom menu, which can be used in a sidebar widget. Once you’ve created a custom menu, you can use the Custom Menu widget in Appearance → Widgets to display the menu.

Contact Page

The Contact Page uses the WPForms Lite plugin, which can grab for free on the WordPress plugin repository. See installation instructions above. Once installed, you’ll see there is a WPForms link in the left hand sidebar of your WordPress admin.

  • If you haven’t already, create a new page called Contact.
  • Go to the WPForms menu on the left admin menu to configure your contact form. The form creation process is pretty simple, but you can check out the WPForms documentation here for help and tips.
  • After you’ve configured and saved your contact form, you will be given a shortcode like this: [wpforms id="161894"]. Copy your shortcode. We’ll use this to add the form to our Contact page.
  • Now head back to your Contact page. Paste the shortcode that you copied into the body of the post. Update the post. You should now see the form on the contact page.

Archive Page

Author comes with an Archive page template which displays all of your latest posts, pages and categories.

  • Create a page called Archives (or whatever title you’d like).
  • On the right hand side of the page, in the Page Attributes pane, select Custom Archive from the Template menu.
  • Once finished, publish your page and check out the archive.

Author supports widgets in the sidebar. You can drag and drop any widgets you’d like into the sidebar. If you would like to add Twitter, Flickr or Dribbble to this section, be sure you have the Array Toolkit plugin installed. These widgets will be available on the Widgets page.


Author lets you add social media icons to the footer of your theme. Go to Appearance → Widgets, and drag the Array Social Media Links widget to the Footer Icons window, and add the appropriate links.


Creating Media Posts

You can easily add images, galleries or videos to your posts.

Featured Image

  • Create a new post and add a title and post content.
  • On the right hand side of your page, you’ll see the Featured Image pane. Click Set Featured Image and upload your image. Once uploaded, click Use as featured image.
  • Once you’ve added the featured image and content you can publish and preview your post.
  • To use the image slider, you need to first install the Array Toolkit plugin as outlined above.
  • Create a new post and add a title and description.
  • On the right hand side of your page, you’ll see the Format pane. Click Gallery to set the post format and activate the gallery options.
  • Under your post editor, you’ll see the Array Gallery pane. Click the Edit Gallery button. Once the Edit Featured Gallery dialog opens, upload the images you’d like in your gallery, or select them from images you’ve already uploaded.
  • Once your images are selected, click Add to Gallery. You can arrange your images by selecting and dragging them into position.
  • Once you’ve created your gallery, be sure to set a Featured Image as well, to represent the post. This can be an image from the gallery, or a different image if you’d like.
  • Once you’ve added your gallery, Featured Image, and content you can publish and preview your post.

Video Posts

  • Create a new post and add a title and post content.
  • Scroll down to find the Video meta box. Add your video embed code from YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Your code should look something like this:
  • Sample embed code:
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/4143170?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" frameborder="0" width="1200" height="600"></iframe>
  • Next, you must set a Featured Image to represent your video post in the Portfolio grid. This can be a screenshot from the video or any image you’d like.
  • Once you’ve added the subtitle, Featured Image and content you can publish and preview your post.

Post Styles

Author comes with a few custom element styles, which are used to easily add extra styling to your WordPress posts. To use the post styles, you need to switch over to the Text view and add a class to the elements you want to style.

Text Highlight

Text highlight simply adds a yellow background to your text, useful for in-paragraph emphasis. To use the highlight style, you can add a class of highlight to your content. See an example below.

<span class="highlight">This text will be highlighted.</span>

Intro Title

The intro title is a nicely styled block of text to introduce your page. To use the intro title, you can add a class of intro to your content. See an example below.

<div class="intro">This text will be an intro title.</div>

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